Janna Marlies Maron, Editor & Publisher
Janna Marlies Maron holds an MA in Creative Writing and has been writing creative nonfiction for nearly her entire life, but she never knew what to call it until grad school. Now, she writes, edits, publishes, and teaches creative nonfiction. She has ten-plus years of professional publishing experience at both newspapers, magazines, and the web, and she started Under the Gum Tree, a literary magazine publishing creative nonfiction and visual art, in August 2011. As a writer she hopes to inspire others to action by telling her personal story, and as a publisher she hopes to provide others the opportunity to do the same. She teaches both privately and at the college level for Sacramento City College and William Jessup University. When she’s not curating stories for Under the Gum Tree, you can find Janna tooling around Midtown Sacramento with her husband Jeremy on their red Vespa.
Robin Martin, Senior Editor
Robin Martin is a freelance writer and editor, whose work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Rain Taxi, Word Riot, American River Review, and others. Robin owns Two Songbirds Press, and offers publishing consultation and assistance to writers. She performs evaluations and critiques of manuscripts and writing master class tutorials as well as editorial services, including substantive and line edits for papers, e-books, traditional fiction and nonfiction. She specializes in general fiction, biography, memoir, rock-n-roll, urban, short story, and health and nutrition books.
Aimee Steffen Taber, Art Director
Aimee Steffen Taber is an artist and a freelance designer. She is constantly looking for new ways to explore her vision. Currently, this includes studying Relief and Intaglio Printmaking and Book Arts. She holds a BFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University. When she’s not finding artists to feature in Under the Gum Tree, she’s spending time reading in coffee shops throughout Sacramento and exploring the west coast with her husband Alex.
Evan White, Designer
Evan White is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. White co-founded Absurd Publications and published an anthology of poetry and short fiction, All the Vegetarians in Texas Have Been Shot, in addition to the creative journal The Oddity. He is on the board of Stories on Stage, Davis, and is a graphic designer at UC Davis.
Becca Litman, Assistant Editor
Becca Litman is a writer and a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. Often thinking about creative nonfiction, Becca is working on a collection of narratives exploring what it's like to wrestle with multiple identities and identifiers. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Rainy Day literary magazine at Cornell University and as a copyeditor at The Oxford Student.
Matt Young, Editorial Assistant
Matt Young is a Marine Corps infantry veteran, teacher, and writer. His work can be found in Incoming: Veteran Writers On Coming Home, CONSEQUENCE magazine, Split Lip, Word Riot, Tin House, River Teeth, Under the Gum Tree, and many others. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Centralia College in Washington State. He is the author of Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury 2018), a multi-genre flash nonfiction war memoir about his three combat deployments to Iraq between 2005 and 2009.
Olga Zilberbourg, Editorial Assistant
Olga Zilberbourg is a bilingual author who grew up in Russia and makes her home in San Francisco. Her fiction has appeared in Confrontation, World Literature Today, Narrative, Outpost 19’s Golden State 2017 anthology, and other print and online publications. She co-hosts the weekly San Francisco Writers Workshop.
Clare Frank, Editorial Assistant
Clare Frank started firefighting in California at seventeen and ended up the State’s first female Chief of Fire Protection. Along the way, she became an arson investigator and attorney. Now, she writes. Her work has been published by Reed Magazine and Sierra Nevada Review. She lives near Lake Tahoe with her husband and two mastiffs.